Johan Djourou, Arsenal’s current longest serving player, could leave the club on loan in January after Hannover 96 confirmed interest in the Swiss defender.
The 25-year-old, who has only made two appearances in the League Cup this term, made his first appearance for the Gunners way back in 2004 but has struggled to hold down a first team place in the last two seasons falling behind Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order.
Long linked with Serie A side Napoli, it now appears that Djourou could opt for a temporary move to Germany in January before assessing his options at the end of the season.
Yesterday Hannover president Martin Kind was quoted in The Sun as saying, “We have money and we’re ready to do business,” while German publication Bild ran a quote attributed to first team coach Jörg Schmadtke which seemed to suggest a deal was already done and dusted.
“I am able to confirm that we are very interested in bringing Johan Djourou to the AWD-Arena.
“He is on our short list of names and there have been some concrete talks with Arsenal going on.
“We do intend to loan the player first until the end of the season and we will make a decision on his future.”
If the above proves to be true Arseblog News assumes a departure for Djourou will see Ignasi Miquel, rather than Seb Squillaci, move nearer first team affairs. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal Player will survive the loss of one of their foremost presenters.